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gz



Joined: 23 Jan 2009
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Location: Ayrshire, Scotland
PostPosted: Fri Oct 02, 20 10:45 am    Post subject: Greenhouse base wall Reply with quote
    

We have been given a 6' x 8' greenhouse, managed to move it from over the road without most of the glass , intact! ( Large man at each corner )
The plan is to build a low wall three bricks high to get a decent growing height.
I have the bricks (most of them)
What would you use between the bricks?
I am wary of using cement, the choice seems to be lime mortar or silicone sealant.

What have others used?

Site preparation..I will have to lift broken concrete and bricks from the growing area to improve drainage

dpack



Joined: 02 Jul 2005
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 02, 20 10:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

lime mortar

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Sat Oct 03, 20 8:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Lime mortar may weather some lime into the soil, but won't do too much damage to anything other than lime hating plants. Silicone sealant is in many ways less likely to leach, but is going to be a bit messy and less environmentally friendly.

Ty Gwyn



Joined: 22 Sep 2010
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Location: Lampeter
PostPosted: Sat Oct 03, 20 12:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

What foundations are you making?

gz



Joined: 23 Jan 2009
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Location: Ayrshire, Scotland
PostPosted: Sat Oct 03, 20 4:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

As little as possible! One side and one end will sit on the edge of large slabs that are already there. The others I am not sure what is there yet, looks like broken up concrete and brick
Sounds like lime mortar is the way to go.

Nick



Joined: 02 Nov 2004
Posts: 34330
Location: Hereford
PostPosted: Sat Oct 03, 20 8:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

What are you doing about the door?

Silicone is going to be a ridiculously expensive thing to use, and won’t be very good. Lime or concrete.

gz



Joined: 23 Jan 2009
Posts: 7072
Location: Ayrshire, Scotland
PostPosted: Sun Oct 04, 20 11:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Sliding door..it will have to be a step over to get in and out. Might do brick or block as a step, but space is tight. Not ideal but needs must.

Nick



Joined: 02 Nov 2004
Posts: 34330
Location: Hereford
PostPosted: Sun Oct 04, 20 4:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Aye, indeed. It's either that, or dig the floor out...

gz



Joined: 23 Jan 2009
Posts: 7072
Location: Ayrshire, Scotland
PostPosted: Thu Oct 08, 20 3:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

We bought mortar yesterday..it costs to do the right thing . But it will be good...and if we fail, a local cyclist is also a dyker

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